Innovation Google said yesterday that it will begin winding down Google Labs, the in-house incubator and beta-testing web site that birthed Google Maps, Google Reader and other popular services. In a blog post announcing the move, SVP of research Bill Coughran linked the decision to a broader strategy unveiled by CEO Larry Page in Google’s Q2 earnings call last week to streamline the company’s operations and bring more focus to fewer product categories.
“Greater focus has also been another big feature for me this quarter–more wood behind fewer arrows,” Page said. “Last month, for example, we announced that we will be closing Google Health and Google PowerMeter. We’ve also done substantial internal work simplifying and streamlining our product lines.” Read More »